Warm up your patio with these fresh outdoor finds


Metal Furnishings

1. Round Umbrella: Cool off under the Round Umbrella with your choice of pole and fabric colours; $328.18 – $459.98, Pottery Barn

2. Bistro Bench: Cuddle up on the cosy Shattuck Bistro Bench; $399, Pottery Barn

3. Stacking Seats: Compact Tavern Armchairs are as comfy as they are tough. Available in red, white, green or pewter; $199, Pottery Barn

4. Fire Pit: The Zira Fire Pit Table is a cooler, table and firepit all in one; $369.95, Pier 1

5. Wire Lantern: For portable ambiance, just light a chicken wire lantern; $49.99, HomeSens

6. Portable Table: This lightweight Tera Gear Roll-Top Aluminum table is just the right size for tiny terraces; $69, Real Canadian Superstore

7. Tea Light Holders: Torre & Tagus Twig Nest tea light holders mix modern and rustic charm; short $19.99, tall $23.99, Briers Home & Gift

Blue and Green Colour Scheme


Create a tropical paradise at home with splashes of bright turquoise and cheery green.

8. Serving Bowls: Sturdy resin and vibrant colours make the Flow serving collection the perfect picnic table topper; $20 – $60, Briers Home & Gift

9. Graphic Pillows: Get comfy and tie your patio colour scheme together with the graphic patterns on these outdoor pillows; $34.99 set of two, HomeSense

10. Lakeside Lounge Chair: Perfect for lounging lakeside, the PC Muskoka Chair comes in a wide array of colours; $89, Real Canadian Superstore

11. Solair Chair: First created in 1972 by architects in Montreal, the funky and functional Solair chair is a national design icon; $99.99, The Bay

12. Tealight Holders: Muuto’s tealight holders play it safe; $28, Vancouver Special

Natural Textures


For a soft, welcoming look, get back to nature and integrate natural fabrics, textures and materials into your outdoor abode.

13. Swinging Chair: With pockets for books or drinks, you’ll love hanging in the Swingasan; $379.95, Pier 1

14. Drinking Glasses: Textured glassware is sure not to slip when condensation hits; $6.99 and $2.99 each, HomeSense

15. Beverage Dispenser: Glass and cork make a simple, yet sophisticated beverage dispenser; $49.95, CB2

16. Rattan Chargers: Give your table a fun casual twist with hand-woven Rattan chargers; $24, Williams-Sonoma

17. Wicker Cubes: Footstools, tables, treasure chests – these wicker Torrey cubes do it all; $329.10, Pottery Barn

18. Macrame Birdhouse: The macrame Buzzy Birdhouse makes a lovely holiday home for your chirping neighbours; $38, Anthropologie

19. Table Textiles Spice up your outdoor dining with textured 100% cotton linens; from $24, Now Designs

Backyard Basics

Dilapidated deck chairs got you down? Giving your backyard basics a modern update is an easy way to breathe new life into your outdoor space.

20. Resin Armchair: Marcel Wanders used candy-coloured resin to design the sexy Cyborg armchair; call for pricing, Inform Interiors

21. Table Lamp: The Cube Lumen brings a soft glow to long warm nights and doubles as an end table or stool; $285, Zuo Modern

22. Solar-powered Lamp: Turn spring sunshine and balmy breezes into eco-friendly lighting with the solar- and wind-powered Solvinden pendant lamp; $29.99, Ikea

23. Sun Lounger: Soak up some sun in the streamlined Club Sun Lounger by Bivaq Barcelona; $1,645, Spencer Interiors

24. Fire Stix: For that cosy fireside atmosphere without the mess, light Hiroshi Tsunoda’s EcoSmart Fire STIX; $2,269, Vancouver Gas Fireplaces

25. Tea Light Garden Stakes: Find your way in the dark by lining your garden path with these ethereal Axis Tea Light Garden Stakes. $24.99, Briers Home & Gift

Originally published in BC Home & Garden magazine. For regular updates, subscribe to our free Home and Garden e-newsletters, or purchase a subscription to the magazine.